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October 27, 2016

One North Carolina County Shows The Cracks In The GOP’s Defenses

“Forgive our mess,” Mary Anne Huggins said as she led me through the Gaston County Republican Party headquarters on a recent Wednesday morning. “We never throw anything away — we’re conservative.”

A gallery of candidate yard signs was tacked neatly on a fresh raspberry-red paint job — Trump, McCrory, McHenry, Bumgardner. Official photos of George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle hung side by side on one wall; a portrait of Liddy Dole graced another.

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October 27, 2016

Inside the Trump Bunker, With 12 Days to Go

On Oct. 19, as the third and final presidential debate gets going in Las Vegas, Donald Trump’s Facebook and Twitter feeds are being manned by Brad Parscale, a San Antonio marketing entrepreneur, whose buzz cut and long narrow beard make him look like a mixed martial arts fighter. His Trump tie has been paired with a dark Zegna suit. A lapel pin issued by the Secret Service signals his status. He’s equipped with a dashboard of 400 prewritten Trump tweets. “Command center,” he says, nodding at his laptop.

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October 27, 2016

Pence Campaigns in Utah to Stave Off McMullin Momentum

Mike Pence, just 13 days before the election, flew into one of the most conservative states in the country to avoid an upset at the hands of Republican voters hesitant to back his running mate, Donald Trump.

“There are only two names on that ballot that have a chance to be president of the United States of America,” Pence declared to the rowdy crowd of around 1,300 at his Salt Lake City rally Wednesday night.

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October 27, 2016

CNN Poll of Polls: Clinton lead holds steady

Hillary Clinton’s lead in the national horserace has held steady despite some flashes of tightening in state polls over the last week, according to CNN’s most recent Poll of Polls.

The average of the five most recent national surveys shows Clinton with 47% support and Donald Trump at 41%. Libertarian Gary Johnson has seen his standing drop since last week by 2 percentage points to 5% and Jill Stein of the Green Party earns 2%.
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October 27, 2016

Clinton leads by 6 points, Post-ABC tracking poll finds

With 12 days to go, Hillary Clinton holds a six-point edge over Donald Trump among an electorate fixated on the campaign and nervous about their candidate losing, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll.

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October 26, 2016

Trump confronts Rust Belt rejection

Donald Trump once looked capable of turning the Rust Belt red.

Now, two weeks before Election Day, his best hope is to turn it a lighter shade of blue. His prospects have dwindled down to just one industrial swing state — Ohio — and even that is no longer the comfortable bet for Trump it appeared to be as recently as a month ago.

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October 26, 2016

GOP’s early vote worries mount

Early voting returns continue to paint a bleak picture for Donald Trump.

In Nevada, where early in-person voting began on Saturday, Democratic voters cast 23,000 more ballots than Republicans as of Tuesday afternoon, good for a 15-percentage-point edge in the nearly 150,000 ballots cast. (Mail in and absentee ballots narrow the gap slightly).

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